Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.
Tails & Ales. Do you love beer and dogs? Yes, of course you do! The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Roller Derby Girls thought so. Bring your pup for a dog wash and kick back with a brew while your best friend gets squeaky clean. Proceeds go to HSSA. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E. 16th St. $15 regular, $40 VIP.
Saint Paddy's Bar Crawl. Hosted by Specto Entertainment & Loud Republic, celebrate the luck of the Irish with a night full of fun at several Tucson bars including The Hut, Sky Bar, Mr. Heads, Cafe Passe, O'Malley's and IBT's. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pima Paws for Life. Bonus: You'll look like the life of the party with included glow accessories. 7 p.m. until last call Saturday, March 18. Throughout Tucson. $12-$20.
Color Theory at Etherton Gallery. Downtown’s Etherton Gallery celebrates the arrival of spring with Color Theory, a new show featuring, as the gallery’s Daphne SS put it, “the color-conscious pop geometry of Andy Burgess, the surrealism of Gail Marcus-Orlen, and the gold-drenched and hand-colored photography of Kate Breakey.” As we all know, Etherton’s openings are among the best in town and this one will feature all the artists as well as DJ Buttafly, who will spin a spectacular set. The opening is 7 to 10 p.m. at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free.
Agua Caliente Park Star Party. Realities of Earth getting you down? Take a quick trip to outer space and explore infinity and beyond at this astronomy event. Spend an evening gazing at planets and star systems through the lenses of telescopes on display for public use. It will be a night out of this world for the whole family. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 18. 12325 E. Roger Road. Free.
Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert. The word “desert” may inspire visions of red dirt and water-starved plants, but the Sonoran desert has a lot of plant life to appreciate. While the calendar says we’re at the tail end of winter, spring has arrived in the desert and that means its high time to get outside and start exploring. Join this guided tour to learn about the plants you want to look out for should you find yourself low on recourses in the wild. Don’t forget to pack your lunch, some water, sun protection and a notebook. Preregistration is required, so email email@example.com to secure your spot. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19.
They Saved Hitler's Brain. Continuing Mondo Monday's March theme of BAD BRAINS, the Loft presents They Saved Hitler's Brain, the cheerful tale of Adolf Hitler's disembodied (but totally alive!) head. Come along as a woman's journey to find her missing relatives leads her to a group of Nazis working under the command of their somehow-not-dead German dictator. You might need a beer or two to get through this one. 8 p.m. Monday, March 20. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.
Space Jam. It is an indisputable fact that Space Jam is one of the greatest children's movies of all time. Grab the kids and watch as Bugs Bunny, Lola Rabbit and Michael Jordan work together to overcome the evils of space capitalism through basketball and teamwork. Bonus: Mildred and Dildred will be on hand 45 minutes before the movie starts to get the kiddos in party mode. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Free.
Kedi. Anyone with a pet cat knows they don’t really “own” their feline—cats are masters of their own destiny. In Istanbul, thousands of cats roam the streets, feeding themselves and, sometimes, choosing people as their own. Check out Kedi, a film that explores the soulful, scary and personal stories of Turkey’s four-legged adventurers. It'll be playing at the Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) March 17-23. Check out the Loft website for show times and ticket prices.
Spring Artisan Market. Skip the gross green beer and get your dose of culture while supporting local artists this St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Tucson Museum of Art. The museum's annual Spring Artisan Market features more than 100 vendors showcasing pottery, jewelry, textiles and other pieces of art hoping to steal your heart and earn a place in your home. And, OK, you can stop for some emerald-tinted ale when you're done shopping. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. March 17-19. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Free to attend.
Walk MS. Come fundraise with friends and family by walking in this year's Walk MS event to combat multiple sclerosis. Walk MS Tucson has raised $60,000 annually in the past, so let's keep that trend going! It'll be a great day to make a difference in the Tucson sunshine. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Free.
Death Hymn Number 9. If you love Dia de Los Muertos and/or place coins on Marie Leveau's altar when in the Big Easy, you’ll dig the spirit of Death Hymn Number 9’s oddly pleasing voodoo-punk, rhythm & blues din. Through a gumbo of the Misfits, Dr. John and The Offspring—with a piquant dash of Frank Black—it allows us to revel in our own mortality, so to speak. While dueling guitars drag Dick Dale's lifeless body through the bayou, the kickass-named Paul'e'wog screams fuzzed-out lines about hell-bound trains and such. His trashy howls would be almost unlistenable and terrifying if not for the drummer’s masterful swing and straight-up stomp holding things down. But you can almost smell the basement-y moss in the air, and that’s a good, effective thing. Oh, but the skeletal grins painted on band member faces remind you death, as life, deserves to be celebrated. Alice Cooper would lift a Diet Coke in their honor. With Sarah Bethe Nelson and The Wanda Junes (album release show) on Tuesday, March 21, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 8 p.m. 21+. Free.
Pure Bathing Culture. After having done time in underrated folk sizzlers Vetiver, this Portland-via-Brooklyn duo (Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman) blend dreamy sugar-pop (“She Shakes”), effortless shoegaze (“Ivory Coast”) and electronic singsong (“Pray For Rain,” 2,000,000 spins on Spotify!). There’s even some west-coast mellow (“The Tower”). It’s weirdly and beautifully like The Cocteau Twins on a light Nicolette Larson (late-’70s era) bent. But what makes their songs really sting and last is how they tap into an ache that’s feels so damn authentic—like rainy-day Northwest or the inevitable split with someone you swore you’d never leave. With Lano on Saturday, March 18, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. 7 p.m. Free. 21+. This show kicks off the Club Congress’ Spring Concert Series, live on the Hotel Congress plaza.
The Talking Hours. This badass boy-girl duo hail from a far-off land know as Albuquerque, and are likely named after a Melvins song. Pretty telling. The New Mexico burg is still far enough removed from culture to spawn a band like this—they sound locally sourced. Listen and picture barking dogs roaming free, cars on blocks in chain-linked front yards, and punk rock shows with six skinny bored kids standing teen-awkward in front of the stage. There’s a futility that informs this music, and it’s that futility that makes it soar—it’s thick with the heaviness of necessity, so you get the sense the songs were made because they had to be. Their tune “Funeral” is one for the ages; it’s rocks classically like old Mountain, but with garage-fumed drones (better than anything by the White Stripes) and turned on its stoner-rock head like a hidden gem from the Small Stone label. You can smell the spliff. What a ditty! For two people, The Talking Hours’ chest-thumping wallop commands. Drummer Karie Morgan’s four-on-floor primal beat-pound and singer Mauricio Paez’s double-octave riffing and melodic leaf-blower vocals hammer the jams home. With Moss Orion and The Nebulas, Millers Planet, and Ovesic on Tuesday, March 21. The Loudhouse, 915 W. Prince Road. 8 p.m. 21+. $5.
The Moving Units. What if Gang of Four and The Cars schtupped and dropped a pup today? Think of that. Or think of the dance-ready hooks and sloganeering-like melodies of ’80s pop but with the kind of thumping, post-hip hop basslines that didn't hit pop until Handsome Boy Modeling School retooled Jack Johnson and Cat Power for White People in ’04. If such thoughts appeal, go immediately to see The Moving Units. They’re all the nostalgic glory of getting hammered on schnapps and making it with a stranger but without the headache and shame. This tour is special, too, featuring their take on Joy Division songs as well as their most recent original tunage, which manages to blend the edginess of "Moving in Stereo" with the effervescence of "Magic" into single songs. Yep. With Viktor Fiction, Soviet and Soft Kill at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. 191 Toole Ave. $12. All Ages.